Tuesday, September 30, 2008

14 Sep 2008: Nearby Darling Harbour

There's quite a lot to see at Darling Harbour. After my adventure exploring near Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and the Pyrmont Bridge, I found myself at the Chinese Garden. This garden is known affectionately as the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The garden was "initiated by the local Chinese community to celebrate Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary" and "the Chinese Garden is the result of a close bond of friendship and co-operation between the sister cities of Sydney in NSW, Australia, and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China." (see source). I read that New South Wales and the Guangdong province in China share similar climate.

I did not visit the Chinese garden, but I took a couple of photos near its entrance. A kind elderly Chinese gentleman noticed that I was trying to take photos of myself single-handedly, and he came up to me to offer to help me to take a photo. Maybe in an unhurried pace of life, people get more chance to show the best side of themselves?

Chinese garden. Sydney.

Outside the Chinese Garden.

After some photo-taking near the Chinese Garden, I headed back to the hotel. Some simple structures caught my eyes along my way back to the hotel.

A sculpture that caught my eye.

The ad at this Sydney Explorer's bus-stop caught my eye.

Walking past Paddy's market.

When I reached the hotel, I could not help but take a photo of the glass ceiling near the lobby. This glass ceiling gave one an interesting view of the air-well. Yes folks, by now you may have noticed that I have a liking for air-wells. Somehow the glass ceiling reminded me of the glass passage of the National Museum of Singapore. I enjoyed the view.

Such relaxing strolls had done me good. I am feeling more light-hearted after returning to Singapore from Sydney. May you find moments that lighten your mood too.


Doreen said...

After reading all your sydney trip entries, I'm so dying to go on holiday....

oceanskies79 said...

Doreen: I have still more posts coming up since I have spent quite a number of days in Sydney. While waiting for your chance to go on a holiday, please allow my post to take you on a 'armchair holiday' from your computer/laptop to Sydney.